A Family Adventure

Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Loon Mountain

Feb 4, 2018
Author Emilie Phillips

Loon Mountain was the southernmost ski area not forecast to receive rain. After several weekends of doing mom & dad trips, this was Isaac’s day to have fun, so I tried my very best to not comment on his technique or teach. We ran into Paul Pinkham heading in to the lodge as we started […]

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Posted Feb 14, 2018

PSIA Carving Clinic at Okemo

Jan 17, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

I wanted to broaden my Telemark skills, so we took a racing and carving class — a most un-backcountry like exercise. (Editor’s note this trip was last winter.) Our class had the slopes to ourselves. Okemo was deserted mid-week, right after Martin Luther King day. The first day, trails had a hard icy surface just […]

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Posted Jan 31, 2018

Al Merrill Loop

Jan 21, 2018
Author Emilie Phillips

The Al Merrill Loop had foiled me once before. On my first attempt, snow like an ice skating rink forced us to retreat after skinning a short section. Nine years later, I was back to try again. “It’s plowed” Tyson said pointing to the sandy road behind the gate. It wasn’t supposed to be plowed. […]

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Posted Jan 26, 2018

Sherbie Lemonade

Jan 14, 2018
Author Emilie Phillips

The Sherburne was well covered from late December snow storms when Tyson and Brian postponed their AMC ski trip due to bitter cold. Now, a few weeks later, conditions were good until the Thursday before the trip. It poured Thursday and melted a foot of snow from our yard. The radio announced flooding across the […]

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Posted Jan 16, 2018

Telemark at Windblown

Dec 30, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

It was cold enough on Mt Washington to instantly turn boiling water to snow; Tyson and Brian postponed the traditional AMC New Years Eve ski down the Sherburne trail. Instead, we relocated to Windblown with our heavy equipment. We traded the epic trek of Mt Washington for hot chocolate and chowder in the lodge and […]

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Posted Jan 10, 2018

Downhill Isaac

Jan 7, 2018
Author Tyson Sawyer

We wanted some bumps and trees. Isaac wanted a lift; and bumps. …we headed to Pats Peak. The morning was busy so we didn’t arrive until 1:00 for the afternoon ticket. On the first ride up the lift, Isaac looked through the thin line of trees to the ungroomed double black diamond on our left […]

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Posted Jan 10, 2018

Uphill Isaac

Dec 27, 2017
Author Tyson Sawyer

It was time for Isaac to try his new free-heel skis in uphill mode. We had ordered some skins from a place that sells direct, but they had failed to come through. Fortunately, Isaac’s grandparents had arrived and brought with them a pair of skins from an old set of skis. We cut them down […]

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Posted Jan 8, 2018

Freeheel Isaac

Dec 24, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

We gave Isaac Telemark skis and boots for his birthday. Isaac inherited my large feet, so he easily fit into Scott T-Rex boots. For a binding, the local Telemark shop, Telemarkdown, suggested the G3 Targa with the shortest cable in the shortest configuration. We heard a rumor that this year may be the last year […]

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Posted Jan 3, 2018